Free "oiled walnut" dollhouse floor - extra large file!

If you are decorating a doll house that has larger floors than our other files print, here is an extra large file of wooden flooring.  It should print around 30" x 30".  You could use a printing service (like Costco, or Walmart) and print either a regular print or a poster print to get some "instantly ready" flooring.  I have not done this so do not know how durable it would be without spraying with an acryllic sealer... let us know if you do it - do you like it, would you do it again, what would you do different...  Enjoy!

(Be sure to select the picture, save to your computer or device and print (or order a print) from there.  Printing this page will not print the full resolution of the floor.)

As always, for personal use only.  Thank you!   



close-up photos of doll house carpet samples

Here are some close up pictures of fabrics that work well for dollhouse carpet... the upholstrey fabric is easiest to install as it tends to be stiff.  It all works though!






Great List of Free Dollhouse plans and tutorials

This site called Home Tips World just came to our attention, and if you're looking for free ideas to make your own doll house, you'll like them too.  There's everything from bookshelf style dollhouses, to room boxes, to sewn doll houses, to magazine doll houses, to a unique fairy dollhouse!
http://www.hometipsworld.com/the-top-16-free-dollhouse-plans-tutorials.html

doll house wall box roof: free printable

Here's a free printable for you in case you want to "roof" your dollhouse wall box...


Dollhouse Wall Boxes




If you love "dollhousing" but don't have a lot of time or space or money, these are very fun!  Hammer together some wooden boxes, affix a picture hanger to the back, and decorate as you have time.  You could eventually have an entire "house" hanging on your wall!  They also work well as gifts for a child, or as a "memory diorama" for someone who is moving and you want to preserve the memory of their home. 

You can decorate them the traditional way with paint/glue/wallpaper, or you can (as we've done below) glue everything to card stock and make the doll house wall box very easy to change... you can have a Palace one day and a Log Cabin the next!

Start with a wooden box:  (The INTERIOR measurements of the box shown are 9.25 inches wide, 7.75 inches tall, 5 inches deep)


Now, you can decorate the dollshouse wall box the traditional way with paint, glue, wallpaper, etc. Or, as we've done in these two samples, use pictures to help you along.  These two wall boxes use edited internet pictures, but you could just as easily take your own, especially with the panorama feature most cameras now have.  

Print the pictures, glue them to card stock, and cut to the correct size.  Do the same thing with your choice of flooring.



Now, you can either glue these on for a permanent theme, or affix them with tape for a quick "redecorate" now-and-again!

Tape Method 1:  (I tried this and decided my fit was too close, so opted for Method 2)




Tape Method 2:  This is what I like for a changeable dollhouse theme


Here are some completed pictures of the palace dollhouse wall box:



 Notice how in the picture above the perspective makes the 5 inch deep box appear deeper? 

Don't forget, these dollhouse diorama boxes can be either hung on a wall, or set on a shelf.



 And, here are some pictures of a very quick and easy log cabin dollhouse room... It would be very fun (or a great home-school project) to do Laura Ingalls Wilder doll house rooms... her dugout, little cabin in the woods, house, etc. 


These pictures were all from different sources but I edited them in Photoshop to get the color tones to match... As you can see, the corners don't match up, but by the time you decorate, you don't notice (at a first glance anyway!)

Can you see the picture above the mantel?  I put a small piece of tape directly on the "wallpaper", then attached the picture with a piece of looped tape.  Now, when we decide to redecorate, the picture easily comes off and won't tear the wallpaper. 
 

Remember,  one plus of this tiny project is that it can be stored anywhere... even on your bookshelf while waiting for paint to dry!


Have fun!!

A dollhouse fireplace that really lights up

Here's a great blog for any of you wanting to make a cardboard dollhouse... She even installed a "real" working fireplace :)  It's called The Cardboard Crafter.  She also does other things so you might have to hunt through the posts to find the dollhouse ones.  

Using decorator fabric to make dollhouse bed covers and spreads

Often window covering places or interior decorators have old fabric sample books that they throw out when new ones come.  If you can get some of these, they have great dollhouse-sized swatches.  In these pictures 3 different fabric swatches were used to make bedspreads for wooden dollhouse beds.  Simply cut out the swatches and fray check the edges.  Since these particular ones were very stiff fabric, I chose to glue the ends down to the bed (can you see the rubber bands used to keep it in place until it dried?).  





How to make your own grass mat for a doll house...

If you have access to some old window covering books, usually there is one book devoted to "natural" type window blinds.  They contain samples using things like woven grass and bamboo.  Find one that suits the color and style you are after, and put gobs (LOTS) of glue down each of the far ends of the sample.  After about a day when it is dry, cut along the middle of that glue line and, presto, you have a "grass mat", "bamboo rug", or whatever else you want to call them :)  Here's a picture of a "jungle themed" room with a woven grass and bamboo throw carpet.  


How to put a small bit of wallpaper in your dollhouse...

In an earlier post I told how I put full walls of wall paper in a wooden doll house.  This post will tell how I do smaller bits of wallpaper... for example, a painted top and wallpapered bottom.  This method also works for installing borders.  Remember things look better in "thirds" rather than "halves".  (for example, paint 2/3 of the wall and wallpaper 1/3... or wallpaper 2/3 and paint 1/3...)

1. Measure and cut  your wallpaper
2. Always have your wallpaper go continuously around a corner... don't have it stop at a corner or a dark "gap" will show when you're all done.  To make this easier, crease/fold the wallpaper piece where the corner will end up.
3. Use an old magazine and lay a piece(s) of your wallpaper upside down on it.
4. Smear tacky glue all over the back of it, paying special attention to the edges.
5. Quickly go wash and dry your hands, or keep a wet rag handy to wipe the glue off your fingers before pressing the wallpaper into place.
6. Turn the magazine page, and you have another fresh surface for gluing the next piece!


A quick, cheap doll house waste basket...

Use an old cap (from toothpaste, hairspray, etc.) for a quick dollhouse garbage pail!


A completed playable lighted wooden doll house...

We received a request for a playable lighted wooden dollhouse decorated in earth tones, orange, gold and black... Here are some pictures for you to get ideas from... in case those are the color tones your child (or you!) likes too!








How to make a quick dollhouse picture frame using a tissue box pattern...

If you have ever seen this pattern on a box of tissues, it works great for some quick doll house picture frames!  Just trim out a square and cut a picture to fit in the center, glue, and you're done!




How to make your own dollhouse mantel clock...



Making your own doll house mantle clock is quick and easy...

1. Find a piece of trim that has a profile you like.



2. Cut off a small chunk about 1/2 inch deep.

3. Do an image search to find the type of clock face you want and print it.  I took this picture myself, so you are free to use it (personal use only, no resale).



4. Paint or stain your clock and let dry.

5. Glue on the clock face.

6.  You can stop here, or for a more playable dollhouse mantel clock, spray it with clear acrylic sealer.



For instructions on how to make a grandfather clock for your dollhouse, please see our earlier post.  

Making a mini rose garden tutorial by Cassy V.

Thank you to Cassy V. for the following tutorial!  


Supplies:
* Popsicle sticks
* white paint (optional)
* moss (you can buy it at craft stores)
* ribbon (any color)
* posterboard

1. Cut the rounded end off approximately 30 popsicle sticks.

2. If you're going to paint them, paint them now.

3. Cut 6 of them in half, and put another 12 aside.

4. Cut a square of posterboard so it's the length of one full popsicle stick and the width of one half.

5. Lay 6 full ones in a row, so that their long sides are touching and glue them so they form a little wall.

6. Do the same with another 6 full ones. Then do again with 6 halves. Then do one last time with the last 6 halves.

7. Now you have 4 little walls for your box. Set them up standing around the poster board square and glue them there.


8. Take the remaining popsicle sticks and glue them together the way the lattice work behind the roses in this picture is set up. (You may want to cut the ends of these sticks at a diagonal for a cleaner look)  

9. Glue the diagonal design so it becomes the back "wall" of your garden box.

10. Fill the box with moss and weave some of the moss up your diagonal wall.

11. Use this: http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Silk,-Satin-or-Ribbon-Roses tutorial to use your ribbon to make the roses.



12. Glue the roses onto the moss in the box and climbing up the wall.

You're done!  This would make a nice movable outdoor dollhouse decoration, or done on an even smaller scale, a window-box.